Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 11 December 2012 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | December 2012

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 5% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 6 December 2012 at 15:32.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 16 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 159 / 1112

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 159 of Meeus index or 1112 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 28 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠351.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠351.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠6.8°.

Moon before apogee

12 days after point of apogee on 28 November 2012 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 364 013 km

The Moon is 364 013 km (226 187 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 074 km (221 875 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 15:57 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus.

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New draconic month

At 15:57 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 29 November 2012 at 14:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.924°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-20.926° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2012 at 03:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 13 December 2012 at 08:42 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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